Advocating for effective, humane, and therapeutic treatment in institutional settings

The Treatment Facilities Program advocates for facilities that effectively deliver treatment in humane and therapeutic conditions, in the most integrated manner possible, with effective and timely discharge planning that is consistent with available community services.  This program focuses on facilities that provide treatment to 16 or more individuals.  This may include hospitals, assisted living facilities, nursing facilities, Residential Habilitation Centers, enhanced services facilities, and immigration detention facilities.

Program Updates

Request to Reduce Patient Populations at ESH & WSH

April 3, 2020On April 2, DRW, the ACLU, WDA, and WACDL sent a letter to the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), requesting that DSHS immediately undertake efforts to reduce the patient population at both WSH and ESH.

DRW Releases a New Guide for NGRI Patients

March 20, 2020This guide provides information about the rights of patients who are at the adult psychiatric hospitals (Western State Hospital (WSH) and Eastern State Hospital (ESH)) run by the State of Washington’s Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) following a finding of “not guilty by reason of insanity” (NGRI). These individuals have been charged with a crime, but due to their mental illness are acquitted of their charges.

2019 Trueblood Diversion Summit

March 10, 2020In September of 2019, stakeholders and service providers from around Washington came together to discuss the diversion of people with mental illness from the criminal legal system. These diversion service providers are funded through A.B. v. D.S.H.S. (Trueblood), a class action lawsuit that enforces a person’s constitutional right to timely competency evaluation and restoration services in a criminal case.

Treatment Facilities Team Welcomes New Member

November 18, 2019The Treatment Facilities team is happy to welcome attorney Beth Leonard to our team!
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